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Elevation: 6,035'
Location: 38.87828, -104.88094 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

These are the short spires in between the Gateway Rocks. They nearly touch, but one is bright red and the other is white and the rock quality is totally different. The White Twin Spire has one of the most popular moderates in the park, and there is some bouldering on the Red Twn Spire, as well as some routes that stay in the shade.

Addendum: to help make this subarea work with the L->R sorting, we've split this into the Red and White Twins.

Getting There 

From the main parking lot, walk on the paved trail in between the Gateway Rocks. The Twin Spires are obvious and have a paved trail circling their bases. You belay from the sidewalk.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.8 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Twin Spires:
South Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   White Twin
Potholes   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Red Twin
North Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   White Twin
North Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   White Twin
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Featured Route For Twin Spires
Deb squeezing in one more route before it's dark.

West Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Colorado Springs : ... : White Twin
This route is located on the west side of White Spire in the center of the Garden. It follows the line of the protection and is listed at a 5.8 in my guidebook, although it would definitely feel harder on lead due to the zig-zag nature of the route. There are three manky looking pins on the west face if you are wanting to lead this climb. The first pin is on the left of the face about 15 feet up and the second pin is to its right and another 15 feet up. Both of these pins are obvious from th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Twin Spires Slideshow Add Photo
Gear Alert! - one of the three pitons on the chain anchor at the top of the Red Spire has come out, as of Sunday, 9/20/09.  The other two still look fine, although the one that isn't glued in makes me wonder considering this one that just pulled out with my fingers.  See photo.
BETA PHOTO: Gear Alert! - one of the three pitons on the chain...
End of the day, climber atop Red Twin.
End of the day, climber atop Red Twin.
East side of Red Spire, conquered by my ten year old girl.
BETA PHOTO: East side of Red Spire, conquered by my ten year o...
Twin Spires, Nina rapping.
Twin Spires, Nina rapping.
Summit shot.
Summit shot.
Looking down from the bomber rap rings.  "How'd you get the rope up there?" <br />Tourist trap, be ready for a crowd and stupid questions.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down from the bomber rap rings. "How'd yo...
Hope you like crowds.
Hope you like crowds.

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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 20, 2003
A traverse around both rocks is a V2.
By Kris Carter
Feb 26, 2004
I wouldn't ever want to lead this (but then I am a wuss). I climbed this one in the dark a few summers ago & have had a thing for the route ever since. This is a route that anyone who climbs white spire should do at least once - one of these days I'll have to get up the north face.
By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Mar 25, 2008
I have some old pics of us on the spires from 1990 way before they paved any of this. Man, I miss the garden. I'll see about scanning in my photos and getting them up here. :)
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Jun 25, 2008
I've always wondered if anyone has jumped these great little towers? Earl Wiggins years ago at Jose Muldones told me someone had. I would assume the leap would be from Red to White.
By Dan Swann
Sep 25, 2008
The jump from white to red is very simple there is a ledge to land on...it is heady, the red to white is the hard jump, because it is easy to go to far. Lots of people have done the jumps. I have done both.
By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 22, 2009
Gear Alert - see my photo above - one of the three pitons on the anchor for the Red Spire has come out. The other two seem fine, but given the amount of traffic here, perhaps we should get this fixed. Stewart - wanna take me up there with you to get this done?
By Stewart M. Green
Sep 28, 2009
Jim Dunn and I replaced the anchor piton the other day. I placed a 5/8-inch sleeve bolt on the west side of the summit and drilled another hole to put a glue-in Petzl bolt in next week. It was pretty jingus with just the two old pitons on top.
By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 2, 2009
Thank you, Stewart and Jimmie!
By England
From: ?
Jan 29, 2011
GEAR ALERT! The quick-links that Jimmie and Stewart installed just a couple of years back are worn through about 75%. Careful!